MASSACRES - Hazards of Being a Minority in Modern India

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Chapter 16
A Human Pathology Called Denial

Yet, it matters in these so-called communal riots in India that instead of taking responsibility, there is often denial.

There is denial of the killings.

There is denial that the killings are planned.

Organized.

Carefully orchestrated and engineered.

And methodically and meticulously carried out.

There is denial of police involvement, lawlessness, complicity, barbarism and brutality.

There is denial of bureaucratic bungling...

Ineptitude...

Complicity...

Cover up...

There is denial of the magnitude of the killings...

Of the horror, brutality and demonic nature of the killings.

Of the diabolical consequences of the killings.

There is denial of the repetitive, ongoing character of the killings.

There is denial of the fact that the hate behind these killings has spread with the rapidity, malignancy and deadliness of cancer in the body of India that many Indians call mother.

There is denial that once begun, these killings spread like wild fire.

Like a lighted match tossed in a tinderbox.

There is even denial of the denial.

And of the official cover up.

And of the government indifference.

And of the bureaucratic callousness.

And of the anarchy and lawlessness in the ranks of the very forces of law and order.

What matters is that everyone denies one thing or another about these killings.

What also matters is that no one sheds a tear for the victims.

No one lays a wreath.

No one erects a monument.

No one holds a commemorative conference.

No one builds a museum.

What matters is that no one condemns the killings...

And the lynchings...

And the burnings...

And the rapes...

And the pogroms...

And the massacres...

And the general breakdown of law and order.

No one cries out in horror.

In anger...

In shame...

In shock...

In outrage...

In revulsion...

And in pain...

What matters is that no one ever says sorry!

No one demands that the killings stop.

No one demands that the killers and the rapists and the arsonists be pursued.

Apprehended.

Prosecuted...

Punished...

No one demands that the victims be compensated.

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Chapter 17
Victim Blame:
Yet Another Social Pathology

It also matters that there is a great deal of blame.

But the blame almost always recoils on the victims.

Not on the perpetrators.

They...

The perpetrators are given the benefit of the doubt.

They and their perverse and satanic acts are showered with a shameful litany of excuses.

And apologies...

And mitigations...

And rationalizations...

And euphemisms...

They and their perverse acts are provided the ignoble defense of historical context, inevitability and compulsivity...

A defense that rationalizes and condones the actual and immediate barbarism of the present-day Hindu mobs in the context of supposed or imaginary excesses by Muslims, hundreds of years ago.

Thus, while the Hindu mobs get the fig leaf of excuses, rationalizations and understanding, their Muslim victims get the brunt of the blame.

The rhetoric, the analysis, the fact-finding and the soul-searching almost always boils down to one thing...

No matter how terrible the tragedy...

How gruesome the horrors and atrocities...

The victims bear the brunt of the blame.

Somehow...

It is their fault...

The victims' fault...

The Muslims' fault!

Not the fault of the perpetrators.

It almost always is...

The fault of the victims.

The fault of the Muslims.

It is the fault of the Muslims that they get murdered and lynched.

That they get raped and mutilated.

That they get burned alive in droves in broad daylight...

Often, right under the noses and watchful eyes of the police and state bureaucracy.

It is never the fault of those who perpetrate these horrors on them.

Time and again, the litany of blame repeats a common theme:

The Muslims provoked it.

The Muslims asked for it

The Muslims brought it upon themselves.

And, somehow, the Muslims deserved it.

As if Muslims were the most irrational, unthinking people on earth...

As if they were collectively consumed by a deathwish.

Again...

And again...

And again...

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Chapter 18
Then Come the Experts

Then come the experts with their analysis and solutions.

The experts...

And the pundits...

And the cognoscenti...

And the sundry bleeding hearts...

And mealy mouths...

They all crawl out of the woodwork with their analysis...

And with their panacea...

One after the other.

"Alas!"

They say.

"If only the Muslims had done X..."

"Or not done Y..."

They moan.

"The Muslims would have been safe today..."

They say.

"The Muslims would have been spared the horrors..."

"And the atrocities..."

"Alas!"

"If only the Muslims..."

"If only the Muslims had done X..."

"Or not done Y..."

They whine.

Again...

And again...

And again...

Others scramble to put things in perspective - historical and global perspective.

"If only," they say knowingly, and with a deep, understanding pain in their eyes. "If only Muslim rulers had not killed all those Hindus a thousand years ago!"

"If only that hadn't happened to the Hindus then, this wouldn't be happening to the Muslims now!"

They shake their heads in sorrow...

These masters of perspective and context...

These pundits of pusillanimity and perversity...

These beggars of the soul...

These dead of heart and lepers of the human conscience...

These sellers of their souls for a morsel of daily bread...and for false security and prestige...

All the real gang rapes and burning alive of people today ... fair and just compensation ... for the reported or suspected atrocities of a thousand years ago ... That is what they seem to be saying ... these pundits of pusillanimity and apostles of human depravity ... almost licking their lips ... almost with a twinkle in their sick eyes.

Others voice their solicitations.

And offer their remedies and solutions...

And their gratuitous advice and suggestions to the multitudes of Muslim dead and dying.

"Maybe from now on the Muslims should start doing X..."

They coo.

"Or stop doing Y..."

They optimistically mutter and mumble.

"So that the Muslims will be safe next time around...

"So that even worse horrors would not be visited upon them next time around..."

"Maybe the Muslims, in their hearts, must love Pakistan a little less and India a little more!"

They say.

"Maybe Muslims must have a more domestic focus and not face in their worship a foreign city like Makkah!"

They say.

"Maybe, as Indians, Muslims must openly acknowledge their Hindu roots and the Hindu component of their present identity and future focus!"

They say.

"Maybe Muslims must not be so self-conscious of their Islamic identity and act more like Indians!"

They say.

"Maybe the Muslims..."

They bleat.

"Maybe the Muslims..."

They go on...

Again...

And again…

And again...

Endlessly...

To the thousands upon thousands of Muslim dead and dying...

These experts with their analysis...

And with their suggestions and solutions and recommendations...

To all those Muslims, thousands upon thousands of them...

Dead and dying...

Killed...

Burned alive...

Raped...

Mutilated...

At the hands of brutes, devils, demons and animals in human shape ...

And fanatics and fascists ...

From India's Hindu majority.

In these so-called communal riots in India.

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